The Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Owan-Enoh, voiced his concern over the Super Eagles’ tie against the Crocodiles of Lesotho in Uyo on Thursday.
His statement, issued in Abuja on Friday, highlighted disappointment with the team’s performance in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying opener, where they settled for a lackluster 1-1 draw against Lesotho, a team with a lower ranking.
Owan-Enoh, present at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium for the match, expressed that the outcome did not meet anticipated standards, echoing the sentiments of fellow Nigerian sports enthusiasts.
“The Government and football-loving people of Nigeria take the qualification for the 2026 World Cup very seriously and want the Super Eagles to qualify.
“Having missed out on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is not negotiable,” he said.
The minister urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the technical team to promptly rectify the identified shortcomings observed during Thursday’s game before the upcoming match against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
“I urge the Nigeria Football Federation to look into and correct all the lapses observed in Thursday’s match with the aim of putting in a much better performance in Rwanda on Sunday, Nov. 19, against Zimbabwe,” he said.
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